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Newlyweds donate their wedding gift to the donkeys

A newlywed couple from March in Cambridgeshire made a special visit to the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary yesterday to hand over a donation of almost £400 to help donkeys worldwide.

Alison Hooper and Sampsa Leather, who married in Andover on Friday 5th June and are now on honeymoon in Devon, requested their family and friends give a donation to the donkeys in lieu of any wedding gifts; they collected an admirable £398.50 for the charity.

New livestream webcams to watch donkeys 24/7

Two new live-stream webcams have just been installed at the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary broadcasting live footage of rescued donkeys around the clock.

Previously, the charity's two Donkey Watch webcams transmitted static images, which were only updated every 60 seconds.

The new webcams are a vast improvement and allow website visitors to view live footage of the Sanctuary's rescued donkeys both inside the barn and out in their field.

New donkey officer for Cornwall

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary has recently introduced a new welfare officer to Cornwall.

Alison Beck, from Launceston, is keen to provide free advice and practical support to donkey owners in the county.

Alison says: "As I am so new to the area, it is important that people know I am here to help. Anyone who owns donkeys or is thinking of buying these wonderful creatures is welcome to contact me, no matter how silly they think their question might be.

Donkey to attend Okehampton's Palm Sunday Service

A donkey from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary will be leading the Palm Sunday service procession for Okehampton Parish Church this weekend from 10 am.

For the second year running, 26-year old Philip, from Town Barton Farm in Tedburn St Mary, will lead the procession from the rugby club to the Parish Church.

Philip one of thousands of donkeys currently cared for by The Donkey Sanctuary charity, which runs Town Barton Farm and five other farms in Devon.

Sidmouth charity reaches 40th year milestone

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary celebrates its 40th anniversary and the launch of a new awareness campaign by holding a special party for guests, including local councillors and dignitaries, on Friday 27th February 2009 (2 pm).

Founded by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE in 1969, the charity has become the largest of its kind in the world that looks after the care and welfare of donkeys and mules. She says: